Should I Run Regular Backups?

One would think the answer to this should be pretty obvious but it’s key to understand the whole process from start to finish!

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There are a number of key questions that need to be answered in order to fully answer the question …

  1. Could your business survive if you had a complete loss of your data?
  2. How often does you data change and/or get updated?
  3. In a worst case scenario how far might you need to go back to restore your data?

Let’s deal with each question separately …

Could your business survive if you had a complete loss of your data?

I don’t know a single business on the planet that could survive if they had a total loss of their data and no relevant backup to retreat to.

This one point alone should be reason enough to have a regular backup scenario in place, but it also leads us to the next very important point in this discussion …

How often does you data change and/or get updated?

In the previous point I mentioned not having a “relevant” backup to retreat to. If you have a business where data is constantly changing what good is it if you indeed have a full backup but it’s a month old. The data you use in your business may change at a much different pace than other business, so when picking a backup strategy you need to take this into account.

You may decide that if you had a complete failure and had to go back to data from 2 weeks ago that would be just fine … that’s perfectly fine then … but at least think about it and be honest with yourself in your assessment.

In a worst case scenario how far might you need to go back to restore your data?

You might decide, in the end, that you want to do daily backups because your data changes frequently and that’s perfect! The next question you need to decide is that, from a historical perspective, how far back at anyone time would you want to be able to go back and perform restores of your company data?

Would you want to be able to go back only 1 month?? 2 months? 6 months? Think of it as a big rolling timeline where, as times marches on, the oldest falls off the timeline and is gone with newer data taking it’s place. You have to decide how big a “bubble” you’d want to have at any one given time and use that to decide what kind of backup strategy to have.

Summary

There really is no scenario I can see where a business “wouldn’t” need a regular backup strategy of some sort. All that’s left to decide is exactly “what kind” of strategy to have. The best time to decide these things is “NOW” from a position of strength as opposed to thinking about it after the fact when disaster strikes and it’s too late!

I’ve also covered this topic in a couple of other articles on my site … Is Your Data Safe And Could You Recover?  -and- It’s Late On Friday, Do You Know Where Your Data Is? so I’d encourage you to check out those articles as well!

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